Tell Them Thanks For Me

I was doing my usual, traveling the roads of Alabama, going to meetings or making a church visit. My gas gauge was low, leaning toward empty.

So, it was now time to stop and pay a fortune at the pump. I finished pumping the liquid gold in my Toyota and made my way inside to buy a cup of coffee to keep me awake for the rest of the journey.

That day I wore an Alabama Baptist Chaplain’s shirt, with our logo prominently displayed for people to identify it. The cashier looked at my shirt and asked, “Are you an Alabama Baptist?”. For a moment I thought she was a mind reader or something, but then I remembered my logo-laden shirt. “Oh yes, I am an Alabama Baptist.”

The young lady beamed a gracious smile and said, “Thank you.” I was puzzled because I did not know the meaning behind her words of gratitude. She broke the silence and said, “The Alabama Baptist Children’s Home took me in years ago, and I am grateful for the ministry that the Alabama Baptist churches provide for people like me. So tell them thank you for me.”

This young lady is a living reminder of the ministry provided in the name of Christ by the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries. Throughout the history of the ABCH&FM, people have received loving care in the name of Jesus Christ.

The Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries have been blessed by the giving of individuals and churches in Alabama Baptist life. Each year, the ABCH&FM receives in special offerings close to $2.5 million from contributors who believe in this ministry. This is in addition to the gifts through the Cooperative Program.

Alabama Baptists can be proud of ABCH&FM. The devoted people serving through the ministries provided are making an eternal difference in the lives of people, one person at a time.

The young lady asked me to say thank you, and this is my intent in writing this blog feature. I also want to say thank you to those who minister through the ABCH&FM. They are servants of the Lord, who go the second mile for Christ. Thank you for all you do in this Great Commission ministry!

Executive Director of Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions

State Missionary Rick Lance was elected in June of 1998 to serve as executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Rick leads state missions efforts and facilitates Great Commission Ministries for the Convention's 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

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